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Irish fans raise roof as Justin Bieber fever takes hold

Justin Bieber is the world's biggest teenage star who inadvertently brought chaos to the Republic of Ireland's busiest shopping street on the basis of an internet rumour.

But all the time, Bieber was quietly doing some sightseeing of his own away from the glare of the media spotlight.

"I have been out and seen a few places. I'm not saying where because I want to go back there tomorrow, but I think Dublin is great," said Bieber, adding that he plans to take a month off after the current tour before returning to the studio.

The world tour has taken the $100m kid from Milan to Paris to Sydney.

On Monday, his army of screaming Irish female fans closed down parts of Grafton Street after a rumour circulated on Twitter that he was shopping.

Last night, we finally found out what all the fuss was about as the 17-year-old superstar brought his monster musical production to Dublin's 02 for the first of two shows.

Thousands of his die-hard fans -- or 'Biebetes' as they're known -- queued from early morning outside the venue.

The audience screamed so loudly when he came on stage that the roof nearly came off the O2.

He sang, he played guitar, he bared his soul, but most of all he made his tiny, and in some cases prepubescent, female fans swoon.

"What I like most is to make you smile," Bieber told his infatuated crowd.

Tonight he will be back in the 02 doing it all again.

Who is Justin Bieber?

Justin Drew Bieber was born in March 1994 to parents Jeremy Bieber and Pattie Malette in London, Ontario, Canada.

From an early age, he was playing piano, guitar, drums and the trumpet. Discovered on YouTube, the teenager has had a meteoric rise courtesy of R&B singer Usher, who signed him to his label. Since then, he has enjoyed a string of international hits, including 'Baby', 'Never Let You Go', 'U Smile' and 'Somebody to Love'.

He is the first artist to have seven songs from his first studio album, 'My World 2.0', chart on the Billboard Hot 100. In February 2011, he was reported to be worth more than €71.5m.

Bieber's rags to riches story is told in the documentary, 'Never Say Never', which took a staggering €14.3m in its opening week at the US box office.

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